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The Last Second

(A Brit in the FBI #6)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  923 ratings  ·  200 reviews
From New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison comes a riveting thriller pitting special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine against the head of a private space agency who has the power to end the world as we know it.

It’s Bastille Day in France, and the private French space agency Galactus—France’s answer to Space X, owned by the eccent
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Gallery Books
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Maureen Carden
Why not go for broke? In Catherine Coulter and J.T.Ellison’s The Last Second The Holy Grail aka Heaven’s Stone, aliens, and a errant satellite armed with a small nuclear bomb are the threads that make up this heart thumping new outing for FBI agents Michaela (Mike) Caine and Nicholas Drummond. The nuclear device is designed to emit an EMP-electromagnetic pulse designed to take out most of the earth’s electrical grid and as a side effect maybe cause a full out nuclear war.
Too bad this was all ba
Initial thoughts: A thriller set in space?! I'm ready for this ride!

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NASA astronaut, Neveah Patel, has been grounded. While on a mission in space she had a near death experience when she became untethered from the International Space Station. During those harrowing moments she believes she was saved by an exo-planetary species - The NUMEN. However, when NASA reviewed the shuttle transmissions after the incident there was no evidence of anyone else, human or otherwise, besides Neveah a
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read two of this "Brit in the FBI" series and absolutely loved them both, so when I got the chance to wade into this one as an advance review copy, I was ecstatic. And guess what? The story is a bit more "out there" than the others, but it's yet another 5-star winner in my book.

The very likable characters, in particular special agents Nicholas Drummond and his sweetie, Michaela "Mike" Caine, are back. The two are staying with friends and other regular characters Grant and Kitsune Thornton,
Thanks to NetGalley and Simon&Schuster for this ARC in return for an honest review. The book mixes elements of a high-tech thriller, science fiction, and a legendary artifact fantasy. I thought the scientific/technological aspects of the story very well explained by the authors, which made it quite easy to follow. As a non-stop action thriller, the plot moved quickly but left little time to build up a feeling of suspense and tension on my part.

I had never read any of the previous books in
More of a 3.5 but I don't wanna round off to 4.

Brit in the FBI series has been a fun, thrilling reading experience with slightly out there plots but quite enjoyable with some suspension of disbelief. This book is no different and I can wholeheartedly say that I had a lot of fun, much better actually than the previous installment The Sixth Day .

This series is another one which always makes it a point to use some advance technological concepts as plot points and in this book, we get a nuclear EMP
Sheila Beaumont
Wow, what a wildly entertaining thrill ride this sixth entry in Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison's "Brit in the FBI" series is! The same likable characters are back, and this time there's even a bit of fantasy and science fiction, involving an ex-astronaut who is convinced that she is in contact with space aliens who will help her become immortal and rule the world; a Frenchman, owner of the space-satellite company Galactus, who is searching for the Holy Grail; and a satellite containing a nuc ...more
Lynn Horton
I'm obviously in the minority here, and I've enjoyed the other books in this series. But the dialogue is so contrived and flat, and the premise so unbelievable, that I returned the book at the 50-percent mark. I just didn't want to invest any more time in it with so many other books out there to read.

Very disappointing.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hang on tight for the “thriller” ride of your life! A little science fiction, a lot of daring imagination, tons of deceit and intrigue and action, action, action! THE LAST SECOND by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison have created a high-powered race against time and the twisted machinations of a former astronaut who believes she has spoken to aliens, even as her wealthy boss is off searching for the Holy Grail, convinced it will save his young daughter’s life.

A satellite has just been launched i
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

I love this series. Mystery-Thriller-Suspense with a touch of fantasy and two wonderful main characters. Each new book is an experience to be savored or read non stop first page to the last, which is how I did it this time around. Lots of wonderful information woven through a plot with non-stop action. Prepare for a sleepless night.

FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Micha
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Another fun and exciting adventure in the Brit in the FBI series (#6), Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are up against a rogue astronaut fixated on quieting the earth's atmosphere in an attempt to communicate with the Neumen.

Nevaeh Patel is convinced that earlier in her career it was the alien life source the Neumen that saved her from a disastrous accident while working on the International Space Station. Now that she is the director of Galactus, a private enterprise that pl
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know this book is fiction, but even fiction should be somewhat believable. This story is about trying to save the world before an EMP goes off and starts World War III. The main characters are Special Forces and seem to be super human. The story only spans about 4 days, What these characters experience in four days would put the best, most fit human in the hospital. But they carry on like nothing has happened. Sorry, but I just couldn't swallow that pill. If you overlook that, that story is en ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine, recovering from their last adventure in saving the world has given them a few days of peace but when one of their friends is lost at sea on a regular security job, they leap into action and find they are in the middle of a case that will change the face of the world if it succeeds.

Former astronaut Dr. Nevaeh Patel is booted from the NASA program after an unexpected calamity when she was out on the International Space Station. Deemed c
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
The Last Second by Catherine Coulter, J. T. Ellison is a recommended thriller, highly for the right reader, and 6th in the Brit in the FBI Series.

Dr. Nevaeh Patel is an astronaut who left NASA after she returned from a mission on the International Space Station with claims that aliens, who she calls the Numen, saved her life.She was declared unfit to return to space and she resigned. Currently she is working for Galactus, a French company which launches satellites into space. The owner of Galact
Title:The Last Second

Author:Catherine Coulter

Series:A Brit in the FBI, #6)

Genre: adult mystery /thriller


Publishers:Gallery , Threshold, Pockect Books


book synopsis

Galactus, France’s answer to SpaceX, has just launched a communications satellite into orbit, but the payload actually harbors a frightening weapon: a nuclear-triggered electromagnetic pulse.

When the satellite is in position, Galactus’s second-in-command, Dr. Nevaeh Patel, will have the power to lay waste to the world
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Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Last Second” by Catherine Coulter and J T Ellison is book six in the “Brit in the FBI” series. Regular readers will enjoy this intricate plot as the future and the past intertwine, and new readers will be able to follow along because most needed information from the previous books is included as part of the narrative. The familiar cast of likeable characters is back including Michaela, Nicholas, Grant, and Kitsune. All continue with their amusing banter and at times, somewhat unusual behavi ...more
Donna Hines
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When you can be transported to another world, another galactic, another place in time that's a thrill!
This book has it all with techno savvy lingo, characters who are dynamic , a prose that's powerful.
What more does one need other than to sit back and allow yourself to be taken to a new land.
When you have but a split second to save the world you must take up on that and become a hero.
However, villains are on standby ready to roll ....
The countdown has begun and it's now up to two special agents
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
A bit of a departure from previous Brit books, but I can see why J. T. Ellison was onboard for this one with the space component. We encounter a billionaire with the obsession of finding he "Holy Grail", a ex astronaut and brilliant scientist who is hearing extraterrestrial voices, the FBI couple, some CIA operatives and assorted bad guys. The astronaut has an agenda which involves clearing near earth orbit of satellites for her voices, avenging her expulsion form NASA and obtaining the "Grail" ...more
Leith Devine
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the sixth Brit in the FBI book by Catherine Coulter. I've read them all and they are all incredibly entertaining.

In this book, Nicholas Drummond is a former British agent now with the FBI who works his with his partner Michaela (Mick) Caine. They need to stop a former astronaut, who thinks she can talk to aliens, from disrupting world communications so she can "take over the world". The book is a mystery thriller in the truest sense of the word. Some of the scenarios are a little far-fe
Julia David
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wild ride. Mike and Nicholas are having some relaxing days before returning to work. When a friend, Grant, goes missing, they try to find him and the others that were on the ship. They have just disappeared and there is a storm coming. If they don't hurry, they will all be lost. The man Grant was guarding, was searching for the Holy Grail and he found it, but immediately someone drugged them all and sunk the ship. There is so much treachery and someone is about to blow up a satellite in ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Last Second is the first book I've read by the authors. Aliens? It's a little out there. The EMP on the other hand is totally plausible. The two agents have a good reporie and respect for the other. I immediately liked the characters. There likeable, intelligent and engaging. The story is good for the most part. Very well written and action packed. It's tense, dramatic and thrilling from beginning to end. I will read more from the authors. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an ho ...more
Paula Pugh
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a hold your breath thriller this is the one! Just all the information and threats of an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) is enough to scare the living days out of you, especially since the information and threats are reality based.
The story is full on rapid movement that will get your heart going at every turn. It’s an excellent novel, just excellent!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another outing of A Brit in the FBI -- what fun! As I read the first few chapters of this one, I was starting to think that one of my favorites, Catherine Coulter, was writing science fiction now! But, it was not to be. It was just a terrific twist in a great (if not a bit hard to believe) story. I was with the gang all the way, though, and it was a fantastic ride! Don't miss this one.
I liked this one, but quite a bit of it was over the top, you just kinda had to go with things. Neveah started out ok, but towards the end she was just bat shit crazy. The thing is I really wanted what she believed to be true, for her to show the world she was right. Sadly that didn't happen.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aliens and the Holy Grail and a nuclear bomb in space and a couple of psychotic villainesses and it all somehow works. Buckle up, suspend your disbelief for a minute, and just go with it - it's a fun ride.
Nicola Short
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGallery, the publisher and authors for the opportunity to read this arc of “The Last Second.”
I found this book to be action packed right from the first pages. The story has aliens, the Holy Grail and lots of non stop action. I was not disappointed with this book and highly recommend it to anyone interested in a very intense thriller.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A missing friend leads Agents Drummond & Caine to a woman looking to change the world and the Holy Grail. While on vacation in Europe will the Brit in the FBI and his partner be able to save a the world one more time when a former astronaut has plans for everyone's future. Join the very special FBI agents and their team on a world wide trek to save everyone.

Agent Nicholas Drummond and his partner and lover Michaela “Mike” Caine are on vacation in Europe visiting family and friends and hangi
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
YES! I really LOVE the "Brit in the FBI" Series and every time a new book comes out, I am pleased as punch. The familiar characters, the dynamics of the Covert Eyes team and the excitement of a new case just makes my day. Each book has some elements of the out of the ordinary, but this one is really OUT THERE -- as in, out in space!

If you are new to this series, at least read the first one, first! [Corrected Note:"The Final Cut" is book one.] That will give you the feel for the main characters,
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A dangerous conspiracy that began in space…

This is the sixth book in the A Brit in the FBI series that can be read as a stand-alone.

The unthinkable happened to astronaut Dr. Nevaeh Patel outside of the ISS (International Space Station) on her first EVA (extravehicular activity). What should have been a routine excursion almost resulted in her death. When that which tethered her broke and her jet pack failed to respond she began drifting off into space. Panic set in but just when all was feared l
Lou Jacobs
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is she crazy or devinely enlightened? Presented are two intersecting narratives that ultimately collide into a riveting standalone novel. Although apparently an entry into a series, "Brit In the FBI", this is a finely crafted novel by Coulter and Ellison, and this is my first foray into their oeuvre and felt very comfortable with this tale ... and needed no further preamble.
The narratives involve Dr. Nevaeh Patel and Special agents Michaela Caine and Nicholas Drummond. Nevaeh , a self proclaime
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Probably 3.5-3.75 stars but just not quite 4 stars for me.

I struggled some with the premise, though it's obvious from the very beginning what is going on with Neveah (the "bad guy") and the aliens. The continuity and connections between some things were also hard for me to follow at times and didn't always feel like they worked. However, I did enjoy the story line, the main characters, and the action. I haven't read any of the previous books in this series, though I have read books in Ms. Coult
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